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post #1 of 4258
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WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE ITS HIGH-DEFINITION DVD TITLES
EXCLUSIVELY IN THE BLU-RAY DISC FORMAT BEGINNING LATER THIS YEAR

Decision Made in Response to Strong Consumer Preference for Format

(January 4, 2008 - Burbank, CA) - In response to consumer demand, Warner Bros.
Entertainment will release its high-definition DVD titles exclusively in the
Blu-ray disc format beginning later this year, it was announced today by Barry
Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. and Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner
Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

"Warner Bros.' move to exclusively release in the Blu-ray disc format is a
strategic decision focused on the long term and the most direct way to give
consumers what they want," said Meyer. "The window of opportunity for high-
definition DVD could be missed if format confusion continues to linger. We
believe that exclusively distributing in Blu-ray will further the potential for
mass market success and ultimately benefit retailers, producers, and most
importantly, consumers."

Warner Home Video will continue to release its titles in standard DVD format
and Blu-ray. After a short window following their standard DVD and Blu-ray
releases, all new titles will continue to be released in HD DVD until the end
of May 2008.

"Warner Bros. has produced in both high-definition formats in an effort to
provide consumer choice, foster mainstream adoption and drive down hardware
prices," said Jeff Bewkes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Time Warner
Inc., the parent company of Warner Bros. Entertainment. "Today's decision by
Warner Bros. to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is
the best decision both for consumers and Time Warner."

"A two-format landscape has led to consumer confusion and indifference toward
high definition, which has kept the technology from reaching mass adoption and
becoming the important revenue stream that it can be for the industry," said
Tsujihara. "Consumers have clearly chosen Blu-ray, and we believe that
recognizing this preference is the right step in making this great home
entertainment experience accessible to the widest possible audience. Warner
Bros. has worked very closely with the Toshiba Corporation in promoting high
definition media and we have enormous respect for their efforts. We look
forward to working with them on other projects in the future.
post #2 of 4258
Wow, so the rumors were true. This could be a HUGE blow to HD-DVD and eventually be the move that is looked upon as the reason for it's decline.

I'm glad I went neutral last week.
post #3 of 4258
Wow, just . . . wow! Big news indeed.

Well, guess this means I'll be waiting to buy a Profile 2.0 player. Bummer.

Debates about whether or not this kills HD DVD in 3 . . 2. . . 1
post #4 of 4258
do you perchance have a link to where this came from, I know it will get unpleasant in here shortly

Tony

edit.

nevermind found it on usatoday

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/product...-blu-ray_N.htm

edit 2

and here

http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssC...32340820080104

edit 3 link fixed

hrmm, I wonder if its true or just someone messing with all of our heads..
post #5 of 4258
Aghast...
post #6 of 4258
it is on bloomberg as headline...
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Originally Posted by dhodory View Post

Wow, just . . . wow! Big news indeed.

Well, guess this means I'll be waiting to buy a Profile 2.0 player. Bummer.

Debates about whether or not this kills HD DVD in 3 . . 2. . . 1


Not sure there is anything to really debate about it.
post #8 of 4258
I don't think this will hurt HD DVD anymore than Paramount hurt Blu-ray. I still think both formats will be with us for the near future. In the meantime, I'm glad Warner chose a side because I don't want to have to decide which format to buy their films on (I have both).
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DOH! I wonder if Warner is still scheduled to speak at the HD DVD group at CES. LOL.
post #11 of 4258
If this is true, I hope everyone will use this news to reflect on the last year and a half and what a crazy ride it has been. People from both sides should remain civil and act with class. In the end, we are all high definition supporters, regardless of color.
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I did expect Warner to become BD exclusive eventually, but I figured it would take them longer than this. Also, this means we will definitely have the Matrix on BD someday. (Has a release date been confirmed yet?)
post #13 of 4258
Game over
post #14 of 4258
intresting,

Not because of the exclusivity.

More like the press release has not gone out yet from WB or TimeWarner for that matter but sources already have the scoop.....

ninjaedit:

thatr reuters link is incorrect!! Can someone post the correct reuters link?

http://www.reuters.com/article/compa...32340820080104

that is the complete link... Double check your links folks!
post #15 of 4258
sounds good... since i am neutral, it doesnt matter
post #16 of 4258
It's nice to know there only will be one format left in a year or so now
post #17 of 4258
mehhhh just ordered a Toshiba A-35. lol
post #18 of 4258
Having trouble comprehending the timing of this (i.e., one business day prior to CES where Warner is scheduled to participate in the HD DVD press event)?

Wondering if: 1) it was leaked by Sony, or 2) is actually true. Certainly if it is a leak, there can be no doubt that the BDA is leaking it early to create a snowball at CES.
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Originally Posted by WiFi-Spy View Post

Game over

THat's for sure. I have both formats with no preference toward either side. I am just glad that this thing will finally come to an end.
post #20 of 4258
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Originally Posted by sharkcohen View Post

I don't think this will hurt HD DVD anymore than Paramount hurt Blu-ray. I still think both formats will be with us for the near future. In the meantime, I'm glad Warner chose a side because I don't want to have to decide which format to buy their films on (I have both).

I think this opinion will be in the extreme majority. They are responsible for about 1/5 of the DVD market. There is no chance that HD can survive with just Univeral and Paramount. That simple is not enough. Also, most of assume Universal and Paramount will also rethink their strategy.
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Originally Posted by sharkcohen View Post

I don't think this will hurt HD DVD anymore than Paramount hurt Blu-ray. I still think both formats will be with us for the near future. In the meantime, I'm glad Warner chose a side because I don't want to have to decide which format to buy their films on (I have both).

I wish I could believe that. I'm red, but I have to regard the Warners move as the death blow. They've been much bigger players in all this than Paramount.
post #22 of 4258
Where is the link to the OP?
post #23 of 4258
that means no "dark knight" in hd-dvd
post #24 of 4258
WOW. This is a pretty big deal. If anything, I would have expected them to go with HD DVD. No matter, as I'm neutral.

It will be interesting to see how this pans out. I'm sure some members on the forum are about to get a little rattled.
post #25 of 4258
My Toshiba a-30 just got here this morning..

I'm expecting BD to win because of studio support.. this move could make the war end sooner.

I guess I'll have to watch the Bourne Trilogy and Transformers and then sell everything next month..
post #26 of 4258
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Warner Bros. to distribute in a single format comes at the right time and is the best decision both for consumers and Time Warner."

No Jeff, you are being entierly dishonest here. The "Right" time would have been a month before the start of the Christmas selling season. You wanted to move as many Blade Runner and Harry Potter discs as you could. I don't blame you, but you just pissed off a lot of new adopters.

BTW I'm not one of them. I've been dual format since June, so this doesn't really affect me beyond that I hope Universal and Parmaount don't use this as the reason to curtail their own releases. Then that truly would suck
post #27 of 4258
Ouch like I stated in another thread. I have both formats but this is not good news for HD DVD no matter which way you cut it. While the Paramount/Dreamworks flip was big, this is bigger because they have been the biggest HD supporters.
post #28 of 4258
All those sitting on the fence can now jump in, and those directors holding out can start letting out some of the all time classics.

Let the Assault on DVD begin
post #29 of 4258
Waiting for this to be confirmed.

IF it is true, I expect toshiba to comeback with a counter punch. However, I just don't see how they could rebalance this equation unless they got another studio to swap allegiances and be exclusive for them.

Looks like the curtain may be closing on "the war".

-Alex-
post #30 of 4258
Wow. Where is my cheap dual format player? Probably will have to wait a year...
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